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“He’s Got Me Goin'”
Bessie Smith, vocal; James P. Johnson, piano
August 20, 1929 (Columbia 14464-D mx 148902)
This recording brings together two musical giants of the 1920s. Bessie Smith was the era’s most popular and influential female blues singer. James P. Johnson was the one of the originators of the stride piano style and had a major influence on artists such as Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. He was also the composer of the song that is most frequently associated with the 1920s, “The Charleston.”